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5th Technology Forum

16/05/2018: George Nikolaidis, CEO of Ergobyte, participated in the healthcare session of the 5th Technology Forum. The one day event has been established as a major cooperative event in Thessaloniki, gathering entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators and aiming to present ICT technologies and to award past co-operations among the R&D and the business ICT community.

The healthcare session was about joint actions and eHealth policy, ePrescription and drug safety surveillance. Mr Nikolaidis presented “Decision Support in Healthcare: Preventing Medication Errors”. Medication errors are an important clinical issue but their impact on individuals and society are often underappreciated. The following statistics describe the current situation.

  • Europe: 9,1% of medication orders contain errors
  • Worldwide: Burden of medication errors is $42B
  • NHS: 712 deaths caused by avoidable adverse drug reactions
  • United States: 9,5% of deaths occur due to medical errors

Mr Nikolaidis started his speech with a question “Why is the world’s most advanced AI used for cat videos, but not to help us live longer and healthier lives?”. After explaining the current situation in eHealth such as AI technologies, health-related data, interoperability, European Commission's priorities and policy, etc, he presented the Galen Reasoner, Ergobyte’s novel decision support tool. By taking into account patient's history, chronic diseases, allergies, current conditions and diagnosis, the Galen Reasoner proposes optimal personalised medication therapies. Its key benefits are: improved care quality, lower treatment costs and increased physician productivity.

Technology Forum is organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE), the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), the Region of Central Macedonia (RCM), the General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT), the Alexander Innovation Zone (AIZ), the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE), the University of Macedonia (UoM), the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH), the Greek Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media (MDPTM), the PRAXI Network (PN), the International Hellenic University (IHU), the Greek International Business Association (SEVE), the Enterprise Greece (EG), the Ministry of Interior/Macedonia-Thrace (MIMT), the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network (ICT-BBS), the Thessaloniki Municipality (TM), the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization (TTO), the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SEVE) and the Greek Computer Society (EPY).